Fog. 58F, wind at 2mph, AQI25, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. Today will be fog till mid-morning, partly cloudy after that. Highs below 60F. Late afternoon wind on Friday and Saturday, more sun than cloud, temps in the low 60’s except for Sunday when it might reach 67!
Yesterday I didn’t get out of bed until past 3 and Tempus didn’t actually make any moves in that direction until past 5:30, or rather I didn’t think he had. He’s *so* quiet! He had gotten up 1/2 an hour before.
Once we were at the shop, we both mostly worked on our computers, but talked politics for a bit, and how to deal with very little day left. I partly got the dishwasher unloaded, then added some. He finished and got it started, then we sat again. Eventually, after he had gotten some food, and done a few more chores, he started trotting in and out, getting ready for the two paper routes.
He stuck his head in the door and said, “Honey? You have a special visitor!” …and it was Megan! I haven’t seen her for years. She’s got kiddos (who stayed in the car). It was just a quick, “Hi!” visit, but we’re going to try to be more in touch. She’s in Oakland, now. …and it’s funny that not having seen her for so long, she really looks like an adult, not that she didn’t before, but there’s a distinct change!
I got myself some supper and then went to sleep. When I got up I took some leftovers and added them to Sunday’s soup, had a serving and then quit for the night. Eventually I was on my home computer to finish this, but I kept getting distracted. I kept finding more things about the Portland protests…
So today we’re going to rest some more, but with a little more oomph…. We have a set of rollies to shift in back and I finally have full water bottles so I can finish with the plants. I’m also hoping to be able to sort the rest of the stuff off the sewing end of the work table, cut out the sunsuit and a couple of pieces for my dresses and maybe some scrap for pouches. Once I’m done cutting I only need 1/3 of the table, but the initial part needs at least 2/3. I’d rather have the whole thing, but my liqueurs are on that end of the table with the water bottle and the extra dish rack…..
Today’s Feast is the Neptunalia, celebrated by the Romans in honor of Neptune, god of the sea and Salacia, goddess of the wide-open waters and salt springs. Oddly, no one seems to know much about the festival other than a hint about games, except for the building of leafy canopies to party under. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptunalia and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_(god)
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.- Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 8/3 at 8:59am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7/24 at 10:33pm.
Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) has now established itself as a fine early-evening object. At sunset tonight, it is nearly 25° above the northwestern horizon for observers at northern latitudes. It’s still about 16.5° high an hour later. Currently observed to be magnitude 1.6, its fuzzy, 2.3′-wide coma and perhaps a bit of its fainter tail may be visible to the naked eye from a dark location. To really bring out the comet’s beauty, you’ll want binoculars or a small scope. Look for it about 23° west (below) Merak, the star that marks the lower righthand corner of the Big Dipper’s cup. The comet will continue to appear higher each night relative to the day before, traveling upward to slide beneath the cup of the Big Dipper. Its closest approach to Earth is still upcoming on July 23, when it passes within 64.1 million miles (103.2 million kilometers) of our planet.
Saturn is at opposition. In a telescope, do you notice that Saturn’s rings are distinctly brighter, compared to Saturn’s globe, than they usually are? This so-called Seeliger effect is caused by the solid ring particles backscattering sunlight to us when the Sun is almost directly behind us. The dusty surfaces of the Moon and Mars do this too, but Saturn’s clouds do not. In the case of Saturn the effect is named for Hugo von Seeliger, who studied it in detail and published in 1887.
Three doubles at the top of Scorpius. The head of Scorpius — the near-vertical row of three stars to the right or upper right of Antares — stands in the south-southwest right after dark. Look very far to the right of Jupiter and Saturn. The top star of the row is Beta Scorpii or Graffias, a fine double star for telescopes, separation 13 arcseconds. Just 1° below Beta is the very wide naked-eye pair Omega1 and Omega2 Scorpii, not quite vertical. They’re both 4th magnitude and ¼° apart. Binoculars show their slight color difference; they’re spectral types B9 and G2. Left of Beta by 1.6° is Nu Scorpii, another fine telescopic double, separation 41 arcseconds. Or rather triple. High power in good seeing reveals Nu’s brighter component itself to be a close binary, separation 2 arcseconds and aligned almost north-south.
The Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower is now ramping up for its peak on July 29, when observers can expect about 20 shower meteors per hour. In fact, the shower has been active most of the month, officially starting on the 12th. As the date of the peak approaches, you may notice more and more sporadic meteors in the sky, particularly if you observe for long periods of time from a dark site. The shower’s radiant in Aquarius the Water-bearer rises late in the evening and is visible all morning until sunrise, climbing higher in the sky. To find it, locate bright Jupiter and Saturn, then scan about 35° east of a point roughly between the two planets. With New Moon now past, the next several days are an ideal time to watch for meteors. The best time to look is early morning, before dawn starts to brighten the sky.
Old Farmer’s Almanac July Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-july-summer-triangle
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh),
Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992
©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
W 22 High 1:41 AM 8.2 5:53 AM Rise 7:58 AM 1
~ 22 Low 8:43 AM -1.7 8:52 PM Set 10:38 PM
~ 22 High 3:16 PM 6.7
~ 22 Low 8:43 PM 2.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a Light day!\
~ Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet – Robert H. Schuller
~ Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others. – Wilferd Peterson
~ Success is a beast. And it actually puts the emphasis on the wrong thing. You get away with more instead of looking within. – Brad Pitt
~ A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out. – Grace Pulpit
My emblem is the Lion, and I breathe
The breath of Libyan deserts o’er the land;
My sickle as a sabre I unsheathe,
And bent before me the pale harvests stand.
The lakes and rivers shrink at my command,
And there is thirst and fever in the air;
The sky is changed to brass, the earth to sand;
I am the Emperor whose name I bear. – HW Longfellow (1807 – ‘82); The Poet’s Calendar for July
Lughnasadh Magick – Crafts – Instead of posting the usual directions and so on, I’m going to just give you a link! This site has 3 really nice crafts for the Sabbat of wheat and blueberries, but won’t give permission to use ’em, so….. https://tressabelle.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/three-easy-lughnasadh-crafts/
Silliness – Bangety Bang Bang!
Seems there was a young soldier, who, just before battle, told his sergeant that he didn’t have a rifle.
“That’s no problem, son,” said the sergeant. “Here, take this broom. Just point it at the Germans, and go ‘Bangety Bang Bang’.”
“But what about a bayonet, Sarge?” asked the young (and gullible) recruit.
The sergeant pulls a piece of straw from the end of the broom, and attaches it to the handle end. “Here, use this… just go, ‘Stabity Stab Stab’.”
The recruit ends up alone on the battlefield, holding just his broom. Suddenly, a German soldier charges at him. The recruit points the broom, “Bangety Bang Bang!” The German falls dead.
More Germans appear. The recruit, amazed at his good luck, goes “Bangety Bang Bang! Stabity Stab Stab!” He mows down the enemy by the dozens. Finally, the battlefield is clear, except for one German soldier walking slowly toward him.
“Bangety Bang Bang! shouts the recruit. The German keeps coming. “Bangety Bang Bang!” repeats the recruit, to no avail. He gets desperate. “Bangety Bang Bang! Stabity Stab Stab!” It’s no use.
The German keeps coming. He stomps the recruit into the ground, and says, “Tankety Tank Tank.”